For a car company that was ubiquitous with economy and affordability this 1978 AMC Matador is one loaded family hauler. Red is the theme throughout and the woodgrain siding is much as you’ll ever see on a wagon. Beautiful throughout, this 80,000 mile very well maintained wagon is out of Denver, Colorado and listed on Ebay where the bidding was very active early in the auction.
Last week we featured this stunning 1977 Pacer and low and behold another extra nice Pacer wagon is on the market. This 1977 Pacer is an all original 33,800 mile well equipped beauty finished in blue throughout. Found on Ebay in Richfield, North Carolina there was plenty of bidder interest on the first day of the listing.
Called the ‘first wide small car’ the AMC Pacer along with the Gremlin have been the butt of jokes since their inception. Egg on wheels, fishbowl, hamster mobile, bubble car were just afew of the taunts directed at the Pacer. Check any ‘worst car list’ and these maligned AMC’s are always in the mix. Well, the Pacer may have the last laugh. The last few years has seen a surge in interest in these odd little 70’s machines highlighted by the sale of the ‘Wayne’s World’ Pacer for an astonishing $37,400.
This Pacer wagon is actually more conventional looking than the more bulbous Pacer sedans. The owner says he has invested over $17,000 into the car including many new mechanical parts and a new interior from SMS. The Pacer also includes some rare options including a rear glass washer and wiper and front vent windows. The car was also repainted in 2011 and has picked up a few scratches since then. Listed on Hemmings in San Diego for $11,750 firm. Compare the price to this extremely nice Pacer that sold in 2011 for $4,300 and you can see that these have turned out to be nice investments.
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This mostly original AMC Ambassador Diplomat was the top of the line offering from AMC in 1969. Located in Orlando, Florida and posted on Ebay in a no reserve auction there is plenty to like starting with the crisp conservative styling that was a hallmark of most of what came out of American Motors in the 1960’s. The seller states that the odometer reads 18,170 with no claims of originality. A close look at the pictures shows that there is enough of a patina to safely assume that the odometer has flipped. Being AMC’s top dog, this Ambassador is equipped with a 343 V8 paired with a 4 barrel carburetor and a Borg Warner automatic transmission. There no description of any mechanical issues although the owner does state that the car is ‘running and driving.’ Power Steering, Power Brakes, Cruise Control and factory AC are also among the options although the seller does say that the AC is untested.
Wearing a surface rust patina only a Western car could develop is this Ebay find 1961 AMC Rambler. Period looking graphics have been added and the well worn interior completes the derelict rat rod surf wagon look. Take a close look at the front of the car and you will see the ‘Rambler’ is now a ‘Remblar.’ The driving surprise of this wagon is the four way independent air bags that can be controlled by the driver under the dash. The wagon is said to drive well with its 6 cylinder engine and power brake and steering setup.
This 1974 AMC Hornet Sportabout station wagon found on Ebay is an 81,940 mile original California car that has a faded paint patina that can only be found in a dry climate. Purchased from the original owners son, the car was trucked to Idaho where it currently resides. Upon arriving in Idaho the seller repaired a dent above the rear taillight and had the area painted to match the patina. NOS hatch hinges were replaced to fix a misalignment caused by the dent and a rear door handle was also replaced.
Following the body repair, the car was gone through mechanically where a small radiator leak was repaired. The points, plugs, wires, air filter, carburetor, heater hose, oil, filter and gas lines were replaced. The brakes were also gone through and fixed as needed. The result is a car that runs, drives and stops as it should and also gets 26 mpg!